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EGG-SELLENT EASTER SHOPPING GUIDE

Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard has everything you need for a crackingly good Easter!

TASTY TREATS

Head to Marks & Spencer for sweet treats including Percy Pig Easter Eggs (£6) and bumper packs of colourful foil wrapped chocolate eggs (£5).  For the ultimate indulgence try the new range of dessert eggs from Thorntons, including the Fudge Brownie Egg (£14.99) or the whopping 1kg Marvellously Magnificent Egg (£24.99) – a feast for the whole family!

FAMILY FUN

Keep kids entertained with Paint Your Own Bunny Kits (£10) and Easter Finger Puppet Kits (£4) from Clinton Cards. At WH Smith, Easter cuddly toys are now half price including Big Chirpy Chick (£4.99) and Bertie Rabbit hand puppets (£2.99). For great value Easter cards, head to Card Factory where prices start at 39p or choose any eight for just £1.

FABULOUS FASHION

Look fabulous this bank holiday weekend with new spring and summer ranges now in store at Topshop, Topman, River Island, New Look, BHS and Marks & Spencer.

HOME SWEET HOME

Spruce your home up for spring with pretty vintage-style homeware from Bed & Home in Red Lion Yard. The new range from leading European designer Gisela Graham is now in store, including ornate birdcage tea light holders (£7.49) and quirky floral oven gloves (£14).

FASHION EDITOR BRINGS ELEGANT SHOPPING EXPERIENCE TO RED LION YARD

The Fashion Editor, a new boutique offering the latest fashion and accessories for women of all ages, has opened in the historic Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester. The shop offers an elegant shopping experience, and stocks clothes, bags and jewellery for sophisticated women looking for reasonably priced fashion. Brands include Y.A.S, Jovonna and Ichi, amongst others.

 

The 336 sq ft boutique’s interior is minimalistic, with a white décor and chrome details throughout, but still offers a luxuriously warm welcoming atmosphere.

 

Fashion Editor is founded and owned by Jennifer Lock, a former fashion journalist with over 15 years of experience writing for the UK’s biggest fashion magazines. She regularly appeared on GMTV and radio to discuss women’s style issues. With her in-depth understanding of the industry, Lock felt compelled to set up her own business.

 

Lock choose Red Lion Yard for her first store, but is planning to open an additional five within a ten year period in the South East, North Essex and Cambridgeshire.

 

Commenting on the store, Lock said: “I’m excited about opening my first store here in Colchester. After having spent my whole career in London, leading a hectic city life, setting up a business in Colchester felt completely right. The town has all the vital ingredients for setting up a business, it’s vibrant and dynamic but idyllic at the same time and Red Lion Yard’s boutique feel made it perfect for the Fashion Editor.”

 

GREEN LIGHT FOR RED LION YARD REVITALISATION

Colchester’s historic Red Lion Yard will be given a new lease of life as a boutique shopping location after planning consent was granted for a £600,000 revitalisation.

Plans to attract new shoppers and retailers through a sympathetic refurbishment were submitted to Colchester Borough Council by asset managers Sovereign Land (Management) Ltd in September. They were approved by the Council’s planners on 4 December 2013 and will see the revitalisation project commence in January.

Red Lion Yard links Colchester’s High Street with Lion Walk Shopping Centre and is home to the Grade 1 listed Red Lion Hotel. Designed by Colchester-based architects Stanley Bragg, the refurbishment will include the installation of attractive new shop fronts, painting and redecoration and improved lighting and signage.

Some of the smaller vacant units may be combined to create larger boutiques and the floor will be repaved with traditional York stone. The listed woodwork on the underside of the Red Lion Hotel entrance to Red Lion Walk will also be refurbished and returned to a brighter and more historically authentic lime-wash finish.

Max La Frenais, Director of Sovereign Land, said: “This is exciting news for Red Lion Yard which has a fascinating history but has become somewhat tired over the years.

“We’ll be investing a significant amount in creating a thriving retail hub with a boutique feel, which is sensitive to the Yard’s traditional heritage and also complements the great shopping experience already on offer at Lion Walk.”

Local surveyors Nicholas Percival are letting agents for the units in Red Lion Yard.

HALF TERM FUN WITH DREAM 100

School’s out and the Dream 100 roadrunners will be hosting half term fun and games at Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard on Friday 21 February from 11am til 2pm.

As well as visiting all your favourite stores, take part in the treasure hunt, colouring competition or hoola hoop challenge for the chance to win great prizes!

 

ISN’T SHE LOVELY: MOTHER’S DAY SHOPPING GUIDE

Show your mum just how lovely she is this Mother’s Day with perfect cards and gifts from Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard.

With a mix of big high street names and smaller independent shops, we’ve got everything you need to truly make your mum’s day.

Indulge hard working mums with a tailor made pamper package from The Body Shop, where the team of gift-wrapping experts will transform any selection of products into a beautiful Mother’s Day basket. There’s also a wide range of pre-packaged gift sets from just £6.

For mums with a sweet tooth, Thorntons has heavenly I Love Mum Cups (63g) for just £3.49 and a delicious Fudge Gift Box (350g) for £4.99.

Treat movie mad mums to a family film fest with 2 for £10 and 2 for £15 offers on DVDs at HMV plus a wide range of great value box sets.

Head to WH Smith for the mum who loves to bake and pick up the Hummingbird Bakery’s best-selling Home Sweet Home book of classic cakes and old fashioned treats for just £5 (RRP £20) when you buy any Mother’s Day Card**.

Got a fashion-loving yummy mummy on your hands? Look no further for the latest must have clothes, shoes and accessories as we’ve got all her high street favourites including Topshop, River Island, New Look and Marks & Spencer.

Bed & Home in Red Lion Yard is bursting with unusual vintage-style gifts and treats for quirky mums, including a set of three heart-shaped containers at £14.99, a four arm jewellery stand at £7.99 and cool make up bags from £2.99.

But what do you get for the mum who has everything? Let yours decide for herself with a gift card from BHS, where you’ll receive an extra £5 gift card free of charge when you buy one worth £25.

For the all-important Mother’s Day card, head to Card Factory where prices start at just 59p. They also have cute gifts available from 99p, including key rings, teddy bears, pens and mirrors. Clintons Cards also has a wide range of cards to suit the taste and style of any mum from just 99p.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR: VALENTINE’S DAY SHOPPING GUIDE

Love is in the air and you’ll find everything you need for a Valentine’s to remember at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard. With a mix of big high street names and smaller independent shops, there’s gorgeous gifts, cards and outfits to suit everyone from young lovers to old romantics.

Why not treat your special someone to a scent-sational gift from The Perfume Shop? Great value fragrances for both him and her start at just £19.99, including Lacoste Touch of Pink EDT Spray (50ml) and Boss Orange EDT (50ml).

For the chocaholic in your life, Thortons has boxes of chocolates starting from £4.29 and personalised tasty treats from £1.50. If gift-wrapping leaves you in a tangle, Thorntons team of expert wrappers can take care of that too.

Bed & Home in Red Lion Yard specialises in high quality bedding and unusual vintage-style homeware at a fraction of department store prices. Pick up a quirky Valentine’s treat from just £1, with 10% off all gifts until Friday 14 February.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cards with a wide range of funny and romantic options available at Clintons Cards and Card Factory.

Lion Walk makes dressing to impress your Valentine’s date easy with all the high street favourites including Marks & Spencer, Topshop, Topman, River Island and New Look.

Need a sweet treat or a caffeine boost after all that shopping? Costa will even stencil a heart on to your coffee to celebrate the month of love!

NEW CENTRE MANAGER TAKING ‘PRIDE’ IN LION SPONSORSHIP

Lion Walk’s new centre manager is off to a roaring start after putting the official sponsorship of Colchester Zoo’s lion enclosure at the top of his to do list.

John Fleming, who lives in Blackheath, spent more than two decades in the Royal Military Police before starting a new career in shopping centre management several years ago.  He has been part of the Lion Walk management team since November 2013 and was appointed as centre manager last month.

The sponsorship of Colchester Zoo’s lion enclosure is John’s first big initiative as centre manager and forms a key part of his plans to strengthen Lion Walk’s existing partnerships and build new relationships within the town.

John, who is originally from the North East of England, said: “I was based at Colchester Garrison for 10 years and my children were born here, so it very much feels like home.

“Colchester has so much to offer and I’m proud to be part of one of its top shopping destinations.  By working together with the Council, other retailers and visitor attractions I believe we can make our fantastic town centre even better.

“Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard’s names have a natural synergy with Colchester Zoo and sponsoring the lion enclosure is a chance to celebrate this in a fun way.  We’ll be working in partnership throughout the year ahead and have lots of exciting plans up our sleeves.”

Colchester Zoo celebrated its 50th birthday last year with a herd of colourful giraffe statues placed around the town, including one at Lion Walk.  The zoo is delighted to be strengthening this link with the sponsorship of the lion enclosure and is looking forward to working in partnership with Lion Walk.

Colchester Zoo is home to a male African lion called Bailey and two lionesses called Malika and Naja. domain ip

RED LION YARD REVITALISATION UNDERWAY

A £600,000 revitalisation scheme designed to give Colchester’s historic Red Lion Yard a new lease of life as a boutique shopping location will begin on Monday 20 January.

Red Lion Yard links the High Street with Lion Walk Shopping Centre and is home to the Grade I listed Red Lion Hotel and a number of independent shops, delis and hairdressers. The sympathetic refurbishment will include attractive new shop fronts and improved lighting and signage as well as painting and redecoration.

Local contractors First Choice Ltd have been appointed to carry out the works which are due to be completed in summer 2014. The revitalisation begins next week with the repaving of the floor in a traditional York stone.

Over the next few months, some of the smaller vacant units will be combined to create larger boutiques. The listed woodwork on the underside of the Red Lion Hotel entrance to Red Lion Walk will also be refurbished and returned to a brighter and more historically authentic lime-wash finish.

Max La Frenais, Director of Sovereign Land, said: “Red Lion Yard is home to some fantastic local retailers but it’s no secret that there are a number of empty units too.

“The revitalisation is designed to create a boutique feel and attract the new shoppers and businesses needed to turn Red Lion Yard into a thriving retail hub. We’re looking forward to seeing the changes come to life over the next few months.”

Colchester-based architects Stanley Bragg are behind the design of Red Lion Yard’s refurbishment and local surveyors Nicholas Percival are acting as letting agents for the available units.

RIVER ISLAND LAUNCHES RI ACTIVE

Lion Walk’s River Island store is excited to announce the launch of their new active wear collection. RI ACTIVE is a high performance, fashion-forward women’s sportswear range that will keep you looking great whilst working out and has everything you need to train in style. The collection focuses on fusing fashion with function, using sleek silhouettes and premium sports fabrics.

Now available in the Lion Walk Shopping Centre’s River Island store and online.

SHOPPERS FLOCK TO LION WALK AND RED LION YARD’S SPECTACULAR LIGHT SWITCH ON

Colchester’s Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard welcomed the festive season on Sunday (30 November 2014) with a day of family entertainment, a visit from Santa to switch on its Christmas lights. The annual light switch on event, which attracted 2,500 people, ended with the spectacular traditional firework show.

 

This year, Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard’s Christmas lights were switched on by Colchester United’s goalkeeper Sam Walker, its fluffy mascot Eddie the Eagle and Santa himself. Colchester United has recently opened a pop-up shop in Red Lion Yard that will stay open until end of January.

 

While tracking down the perfect gifts among Lion Walk’s big brand stores and Red Lion Yard’s quirky independents, shoppers enjoyed an afternoon of festive entertainment from local groups including the 40s harmony group Fox, Wiggle and Sass, The Valentine School of Dance, The Military Wives, Colchester Operatic Society and Theatricool.

 

Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard were buzzing with people from noon to the light switch on at 4.30pm and retailers across the centre have reported a successful day of trading. Costa Coffee doubled its sales compared to a normal Sunday. BHS with its three-day Black Friday event reported strong sales on the day along with Body Shop and New Look.

 

The Bavarian Christmas market, which is in Lion Walk until 30 December, also proved to be a huge success among shoppers wanting something warm to eat and drink on the day while temperatures were dropping.

 

Louise Jensen Deputy Centre Manager said: “We are very pleased with the light switch on, the Centre couldn’t have been busier. I think the combination of our big brand stores and the independent retailers, makes us such a great place for Christmas shopping. Our annual firework show is always popular and this year we had a great line up of acts to create a fun festive atmosphere.”

 

THE FUN DOESN’T STOP HERE – to get everyone in the Christmas spirit Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard are also putting on a busy programme of FREE festive family fun and entertainment every Saturday and every Wednesday evening, when the shops stay open to 9pm, in the run up to Christmas.

 

Award winning choir Funky Voices will put on a show of upbeat, foot tapping, festive songs for Wednesday’s late night shopping on 10 December to support the Rotary Club’s Christmas collection. Colchester District Pipes & Drums will provide further support to the collection on Wednesday night on 17 December.

On Saturday 13 December Colchester Operatic Society and Colchester Theatretrain will be raising the Christmas spirit in the centre.

For the final Saturday of festive entertainment (20 December) Mother Christmas makes a stop at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard before continuing her journey back to the North Pole. She will make sure that any final Christmas wishes are reported back to Santa. Plus a brass jazz quartet will be playing festive tunes during the day.

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